The word “stress” refers to the response people have when facing circumstances that force them to act, change or adapt in some way, to maintain balance or to keep that situation in balance. The circumstances themselves are called “stressors”.
This stress response, also known as the “fight-or-flight” response, triggers several involuntary changes in your body, which give an extra burst of energy. This leads you to perceive threats that you can fight or escape from.
These threats are mainly psychological – interpersonal conflicts, work stress, lack of resources and time – and this stress response, which can make you think less clearly, isn’t always necessary or helpful.
The ability to manage your reaction inevitably passes through the awareness of feeling responsible for the way you react to life events occurring to you. In addition, it’s important to leave aside the habit of discharging this responsibility towards external circumstances or on third parties.
Tips to manage stress “pandemic”
Stress appears to have become something of a “pandemic” and the statistics are increasingly worrying. One wonders: “Isn’t there a vaccine even against stress?”. Indeed, it doesn’t exist, but there are some tips to manage it you can work on:
- Learn to listen to yourself. Become aware of your emotional needs, pinpoint exactly that the pressures are external and clarify to yourself how you generate your internal tension.
- Express your feelings. Be assertive and don’t let resentment grow inside you and fear to limit your communication.
- Listen to your favourite music. This is a good stress reliever, as scientific research shows.
- Learn to manage your time better.
- Be in nature: as shown by some researches, it is enough to stay a few minutes a day immersed in nature.
- Avoid overloading your day, even at work.
- Practise relaxing activities. For example, good sleep, meditation and yoga are some of the most indicated.
- Hang out with positive people. Smiling and laughing reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve mood.
In addition to this list of tips to manage stress, a coaching path can help you on your way to a new awareness that allows you to regain control of the mechanisms that govern you, to add new perspectives and regain control of your life.
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